Music Review: Enrico Mantini - Bold Choices #1

Italy's house maestro Enrico Mantini defines himself as "emotions dealer since 1990", and we can only agree with this definition. His music has crossed more than 3 decades, during which Enrico has developed a unique blend of Chicago and Detroit vibes, always remaining faithful to house music. During this time, he had released music on top-notch labels such as UMM, Veniceberg, Howl Ensemble, Raum...Musik, Half Baked and of course his own Purism. Over the years, he has become a defender of the kind of house sound which, despite seeings ups & downs, has always been appreciated by many acts in the underground panorama.


Today we're pleased to show you his latest work for the newborn label Bold Choices. Here Enrico provides an essential 4-tracker EP ranging from dreamy house, dub techno and gentle breakbeat sonorities. 




The EP starts out with "Logical Possession", a lovely deep house piece with a sexy and captivating bassline and delicate pads. The break is dominated by some joyful marimba vibes, which immediately put a big smile on your face, just when the kick and the groove drop again.




Up next is "Dreamer", which is the heavier tool of the EP. Stomping kicks and wavy bass parts met crispy claps and raw hats, giving life to a proper "heads-down, hands-up" track. The acid twist of the bassline, combined with old school female vocals shots and unexpected melodic parts make of this one a real club destroyer.




On the flip, "Bizzare Kids" kicks the things off with woody kicks and noisy closed hats, bringing back some Berlin-ish deep house cuts of the first part of the last decade. The track evolves slowly but tidily, offering short guitar riffs, late-night chords and minimal percussions.


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Rounding off the package is "We Need A Fix", a 6+ minutes break-beat inspired ride with aggressive 909 rimshots, fluffy pads, sweeping synths and a meandering bassline that, after taking your breath, will give it back to you only after it's done.




Words by Francesco Quieti